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The 23 Best Attractions in Germany (2021)

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In Germany you will find the right sight for every occasion as well as Germany’s biggest attractions.

Below are the 23 best attractions in German to consider now that Summer is here!

1. Neuschwanstein Castle

attraction Neuschwanstein Castle Hohenschwangau

Neuschwanstein Castle is internationally one of the most famous sights in Germany and one of the most popular sights in Bavaria .

Every year over 1.5 million tourists from all over the world come to see the fairytale castle.

Its location in the foothills of the Alps also makes it a popular travel destination in Germany.

According to Ludwig II’s plans, there should be 200 rooms in Neuschwanstein. Only 15 were completed in the end.

It was built from 1869 on behalf of the Bavarian King Ludwig II. For him, Neuschwanstein represented the perfect ideal of a medieval knight’s castle.

These include a bedroom in neo-Gothic style, a living room with original furniture and the richly decorated throne room.

Neuschwanstein Castle is suitable for a trip with the family as well as for a vacation as a couple. Up to 6000 people visit the castle every day.

You should definitely book your ticket online in advance, as the number of visitors is limited.

2. Brandenburg Gate

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The Brandenburg Gate is the top attraction in Berlin .

Hardly any postcard in the capital can do without an image of the photogenic gate.

The Brandenburg Gate was built from 1789 to 1793 as the end of the boulevard of Dorotheenstadt.

The quadriga on the roof of the Brandenburg Gate was kidnapped by Napoleon as booty to Paris in 1806. In 1814 she returned to Berlin.

Today, the classicist building also attracts so many visitors because it is inextricably linked with German history.

During the division of Berlin, it stood directly on the border between East and West Berlin .

A few decades ago, traversing it seemed like an unrealizable dream.

3. Speyer Imperial Cathedral

attraction Speyer Cathedral

The Speyer Cathedral is the largest surviving Romanesque church in the world and is one of the most beautiful sights in our country.

In 1981 UNESCO named the cathedral a World Heritage Site. During a walk through the old town of Speyer, the sight cannot be missed.

8 emperors and kings and 4 queens found their final resting place in the crypt of the cathedral. The crypt can be entered.

From the viewing platform at a height of around 60 m you have a great view over Speyer and the region.

On the way to the church tower, it is worth taking a look at the Kaisersaal. It is located above the entrance portal of the cathedral.

In the hall there are nine monumental frescoes by the painter Johann Baptist Schraudolph, which were formerly on the walls of the transept.

When the cathedral was renovated, they were dismantled and stored.

You can marvel at them in the Kaisersaal.

4. Marienplatz Munich

Marienplatz-Munich

The central square in Munich is not only the starting point for the Munich pedestrian zone , you will also find many sights of the Bavarian capital there.

The New Town Hall is a sight in itself .

It was built from 1867 to 1909 and belongs to the neo-Gothic style.

Every day at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., the carillon rang in the town hall and represents the wedding of Duke Wilhelm V with Renate of Lorraine.

Due to the adjacent buildings and the many events that regularly take place at Marienplatz, the central square is a popular attraction in Munich and throughout Germany.

If you want to start a shopping day through the metropolis , Marienplatz is also the right starting point.

5. Dresden Frauenkirche

Top 10 sights of Dresden Frauenkirche

Where only a few foundation walls stood after the Second World War, the rebuilt Dresden Frauenkirche has been shining in new splendor since 2005.

Destroyed in air raids in 1945, the Frauenkirche was a ruin during the GDR era. The remains were to function as a memorial.

The restoration work began in 1994.

Today the Dresden Frauenkirche is an official symbol of reconciliation due to its history .

During the rebuilding, any stones that were left in use were meticulously cataloged and placed in the newly built church.

It is one of the most popular sights in Dresden and enjoys the reputation of a special travel destination throughout Germany.

6. Hamburg’s miniature wonderland

Miniature Wonderland Hamburg

In Hamburg’s Speicherstadt you can experience the world in miniature.

The Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, founded in 2000, was the top attraction in Germany among foreign tourists in 2017 according to the German National Tourist Board.

Where else can you marvel at so many attractions in the world in such a small space ?

You can take a look at the Harz or the fictitious small town of Knufflingen and its airport.

The fictional town of Knufflingen is alive. There are house fires, drug trafficking and numerous other representations of realistic scenes in the city.

lot of technology has been used to ensure that the miniature world doesn’t get too static .

Cars drive, ships and model trains are in motion. There are also many light and sound effects.

The miniature wonderland Hamburg also takes you to America, Scandinavia, Hamburg, the Alps, Switzerland and Italy.

7. Mainau Island of Flowers

Flower Island Mainau

One of the most beautiful German sights is the flower island of Mainau.

From 1951 onwards, Lennart Bernadotte, the son of the Swedish King Wilhelm , transformed Mainau into what is now known as the flower island and opened it to visitors.

Hobby sailors take note: there are landing stages on the flower island for everyone who wants to reach the island in a special way.

He had left the Swedish line of succession and devoted himself entirely to the Mainau flower island project.

Bernadotte also had the castle on the island of Mainau renovated and made it his residence.

Today you can walk through wonderful park landscapes – flowering beds and bushes as far as the eye can see.

In spring, around a million tulips and other spring flowers bloom on Mainau .

In summer you can enjoy over 11,000 dahlias.

8. Moselle valley

Cochem on the Moselle

The Moselle valley is the oldest wine region in Germany and an equally popular travel destination for tourists from Germany and abroad.

The region is particularly known for the varieties Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Elbling, Kerner, Bacchus, Dornfelder, Blauer Spätburgunder and Weißer Burgunder.

You can hike through vineyards or ride a bike here. A boat trip on the Moselle is particularly idyllic.

With a view of the vineyards and the romantic villages and towns along the water, your short vacation will be unique.

Numerous grape varieties are grown in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer wine-growing region.

Countless opportunities for a wine tasting are offered by winemakers and wine taverns throughout the Moselle valley.

9. Imperial Castle Nuremberg

Imperial Castle with Nuremberg Old Town

Another highlight of the travel destinations in Germany is the Imperial Castle in Nuremberg.

The castle is around 1000 years old and was an imperial residence and burgrave seat of the noble Hohenzollern family.

Beer is stored in the cellar corridors below the castle. The Altstadthof brewery uses parts of the cellar system as ripening rooms.

It was almost completely destroyed in the Second World War, but then almost completely rebuilt.

Today it is a popular tourist destination.

At the castle you will find a museum that illuminates the history of the castle and its inhabitants.

The tour through the historical rooms takes you through the knight’s hall, double chapel and kemenate, where the Kaiserburg-Museum can be found today.

The castle garden of the Imperial Castle is particularly popular.

A garden had been located on the castle grounds as early as 1425, but it has changed again and again over the centuries.

10. Düsseldorf old town

Rhine promenade Düsseldorf

The longest bar in the world – that’s how it is also called – the old town of Düsseldorf in beautiful North Rhine-Westphalia.

Some old breweries not only open their gastronomic doors, but also let you look behind the scenes of the art of brewing.

In the small streets you will not only find extravagant parties and music events, but of course also the famous Altbier of Düsseldorf.

In addition to the liquid sight, the Düsseldorf old town is also worth a visit to the North Rhine-Westphalia art collection , the market square and the oldest building in the old town: the St. Lambertus basilica.

11. Nürburgring

Nürburgring

A special attraction in Germany is the Nürburgring in the Eifel.

The race track, built from 1925 to 1927, is named after the nearby Nürburg.

Extremely demanding track conditions such as sharp bends and steep inclines earned the Nürburgring the nickname “Green Hell”.

The race track, more precisely the Nordschleife, is known today primarily for the fact that you can do your laps here in your private car.

If that’s too tricky for you, you can also take a race taxi across the ring .

Amateurs from Germany and other European countries come to the Nürburgring with their converted cars that are perfectly adjusted to the fast pace.

Around the racetrack, which stretches for a total of around 28 kilometers , you are completely geared towards speed lovers. Countless bars and restaurants have settled.

In addition, there are many places where you can get directly to the racetrack and watch the spectacle from a safe distance.

12. Lübeck Holsten Gate

Holsten Gate in Lübeck

The late Gothic Holsten Gate is the landmark of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck.

It used to be one of the Lübeck city gates and protected the rich Hanseatic city from the outside world .

In 1863, the citizens of Lübeck voted to retain or demolish the Holsten Gate. With just one vote ahead, the politicians voted to retain the landmark.

Today, many tourists come to Lübeck every year.

There is a museum inside the Holsten Gate. This represents the history of the Lübeck Hanseatic League.

In addition to the impressive Holstentor, the adjoining old town with its many brick Gothic buildings is a must-see travel destination in Germany.

13. Erfurt Cathedral

Erfurt Cathedral

The church ensemble of Erfurt Cathedral and Severikirche   defines the Erfurt cityscape and, together with the old town and the unique Krämerbrücke, is one of the most popular German sights.

The church peals a total of 13 bells. One of them, the Gloriosa, is the largest free-swinging medieval church bell in the world.

The first church is said to have stood on the site of today’s cathedral as early as 752. The building was first mentioned in 1117.

Today you can see the stained glass windows and the largely original interior furnishings of the choir in the church.

The high altar has also been preserved.

It was made between 1697 and 1707.

14. Old town and collegiate church Quedlinburg

Quedlinburg

Quedlinburg is particularly impressive with its historic old town and cobblestone streets.

You will find around 2,000 half-timbered houses from around eight centuries in the city. The old town of Quedlinburg is one of the largest area monuments in Germany.

It rightly belongs to the UNSECO world cultural heritage and is a special sight in Germany.

The town hall from the Renaissance period stands on the market, and the Romanesque collegiate church with the cathedral treasure is located on the Schlossberg .

Other beautiful places in Quedlinburg are the Münzberg with the monastery church St. Marien, as well as the church St. Petri with abbey garden and the Brühl Park.

They are also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

15. Golden Hall in Augsburg

Goldener-Saal-in-Augsburg

The Golden Hall was built between 1615 and 1620.

It was originally planned as a meeting room for the Reichstag.

However, the Thirty Years’ War and the relocation of the Reichstag to Regensburg meant that the hall was never used in its function .

2.6 kg of gold leaf were processed in the Golden Hall. Sounds like little? 1 square meter can be knocked out of 2 grams of gold leaf.

It is thanks to the people of Augsburg that the Golden Hall on the first floor of Augsburg City Hall shines in its old splendor again.

Until the early 1980s, nothing of the former gem was left to be seen.

The town hall and the hall were completely destroyed in the Second World War.

Only then did they start to rebuild it true to the original.

Today it is one of the most beautiful city hall halls in Germany and a real tourist magnet.

16. Europa-Park Rust

Europapark-Rust

Europa-Park Rust is a popular attraction for families in the south of Germany.

Unlike many other theme parks, it is open for a few weeks even in winter .

You can experience endless leisure fun on 95 hectares.

Europa-Park wins awards without end: best amusement park in the world, hotelier of the year, best attraction and much more. Applause.

You can even stay in 5 themed hotels in the park.

Over 100 spectacular rides and breathtaking shows make your vacation to this famous German attraction a special experience.

The park was originally planned as an exhibition space for the products offered by the founding Mack family.

They dealt with the development and production of amusement park attractions.

17. Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberger Castle

Heidelberg Castle is one of the most famous ruins in Germany and is also popular with international tourists.

You can see exhibitions on the history of the castle in the preserved part of the castle or go for a walk in the spacious gardens.

Heidelberg Castle was overrun by soldiers from the Sun King Ludwig XIV in 1689 and partially blown up by French pioneers in 1693.

A special highlight is the castle lighting that takes place every summer, followed by fireworks.

From the so-called Philosophenweg you have a great view of the castle ruins of Heidelberg .

This runs on the other side of the Neckar and bears his name because poets and thinkers used to let their thoughts wander here.

18. Sanssouci Palace

Sanssouci Palace

The Brandenburg capital Potsdam has a large number of castles and other lordly buildings . But none of the buildings is as magnificent as Sanssouci Palace.

Prussian King Friedrich II had the magnificent residence built from 1745. A large outside staircase that leads up through the terraced garden to the castle is decisive for the look.

Visitors often place potatoes on the grave plate of Frederick II. From 1746 the Prussian king ordered that more potatoes should be grown.

Vines and olives were planted on the terraces. The grave of Friedrich II is on the top terrace.

In addition to Sanssouci Palace, you can also visit the New Palace, the Orangery Palace or the Belvedere on the Pfingstberg in the Sanssouci Palace Park .

The New Palais was the favorite palace of the last Prussian King Wilhelm II.

19. Cologne Cathedral

City trip Cologne

This German attraction is world-famous and, like many other buildings in Germany, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cologne Cathedral is a true masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

The construction time of the Cologne Cathedral was an incredible 632 years. Work began in 1248 and ended in 1880.

Inside, the church impresses with its size as well as from the outside.

The main nave is 144 meters long and the vault is over 43 meters high.

You reach the viewing platform on the 157.22 meter high south tower after 533 steps .

The Epiphany in the choir dates back to the 13th century and is the largest medieval goldsmith’s work in Europe.

Did you know? Cologne Cathedral is the third tallest church in the world, with the Basilica Notre-Dame de la Paix from the Ivory Coast in second place and Ulm Minster in first place.

Ulm Minster: Largest church tower in the worldSightseeing Germany Ulm Minster

With an unimaginable 161.53 m height , the church tower of Ulm Minster stretches into the air. The largest church tower in the world was completed in 1890.

The construction of the Ulm Minster began over 600 years earlier, in 1377.

Construction on the gigantic Sagrada Família in Barcelona began in 1882. The basilica is still unfinished.

Probably the most famous building by the architect Antoni Gaudí is due to be completed in 2026.

One of the church towers should reach a height of 172.50 m and tower above the church tower of the Ulm Minster.

20. Wadden Sea

Wadden Sea

For nature lovers, the North Sea’s Wadden Sea is a real highlight.

The influence of the tides can be clearly felt on many stretches of coast .

In the area of ​​the Wadden Sea on the North Sea, around 9,000 square kilometers of the sea floor are exposed at low tide.

When the water has receded, you can go for a wonderful walk there or take a carriage through the mudflats.

The Wadden Sea is also a resting place for migratory birds that take a break here on their way south.

You will also find the famous lugworm in the Wadden Sea.

At higher places you can even watch seals taking a little nap .

21. Leipzig Zoo

Gondwanaland Zoo Leipzig

With its biodiversity, the Leipzig Zoo is one of the most beautiful in all of Germany.

According to the British Sheridan Zoo Ranking, Leipzig Zoo has been number two of the best zoos in Europe and number one of the best zoos in Germany for several years .

From the park in Leipzig’s Rosental you can look at the giraffe enclosure at Leipzig Zoo and see the meter-high animals.

Since 2011 you can experience animals and plants from Asia, Africa and South America in a huge tropical hall .

You can drive through Gondwana Land by boat or roam the complex on foot.

Two restaurants with a view of the tropics create a holiday atmosphere.

22. Old town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

The old town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and popular sights in Germany.

The medieval streets of the old town have been preserved in almost their original state .

Incredible: The city was spared the destructive excesses of the Thirty Years’ War because the then mayor won a bet against a Catholic general: he drank three liters of wine in one go.

Cozy squares, winding streets and lush parks take you back to the Middle Ages.

The old town is still surrounded by a city wall with six city gates.

Nothing stands in the way of romantic walks for two .

Even if Rothenburg ob der Tauber is only a small town, it awaits you with an abundance of churches, museums and other historical sites.

23. Anna Amalia Library Weimar

Anna Amalia Library Weimar

In the 18th century, the Anna Amalia Library in Weimar made a massive contribution to strengthening free thinking in literature.

Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller and Gottfried Herder and many other well-known poets and thinkers stayed in Weimar at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries.

Thanks to his tolerant ruler, Duke Carl August, or his mother Anna Amalia, the scholars of this time were able to develop freely and work at court.

The library contains around 5,000 books from the private collection of Anna Amalia.

She was – especially for the time – interested in literature by women and German translations.

The library is best known for its oval, three-story rococo hall .

Even those who don’t read are drawn to the library.

fire on September 2, 2004 destroyed around 50,000 volumes and 35 paintings from the 16th to 18th centuries.

28,000 works were saved, including a Luther Bible from 1534.

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Tim is the go-to guy when it comes to finding all the gems regarding life as an Expat in Germany. His whole motto is discover Germany on your own and without a roadmap, explore new routes while climbing or mountain biking.
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